Bolton Wanderers Chief Executive Dean Holdsworth has urged the Trotters’ fans to ‘keep on supporting this great club’ according to The Bolton News.

Wanderers were condemned to playing their football in League 1 next season after a crushing 4-1 defeat at Play Off chasing Derby County yesterday.

The Trotters were already 3-0 down by the time youngster Zach Clough slotted away a penalty kick to earn a consolation goal for his side in a heavy defeat at The iPro Stadium.

The defeat confirmed Wanderers’ relegation after a season of financial turmoil off the pitch and many poor results on the pitch. After the match, Chief Executive Dean Holdsworth promised fans that there are brighter times ahead for the club.

“This is a sad day for the club and fans,” Holdsworth told The Bolton News. “But Bolton Wanderers Football Club will return stronger together in the future.”

“Fans have been superb, loyal and inevitably upset as well because these have been difficult circumstances.”

“With time and hard work things will get better. Carry on supporting this great club. It’s alive and it will be back.”

Bolton Wanderers have just 26 points from their 41 Championship fixtures this season and have won on just four occasions.

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